Mary Solecki, a graduate of the Presidio School of Management’s Sustainable MBA program, spent two months with AsoFénix in Nicaragua working both in the field in Bramadero and re-developing the AsoFénix website in Managua. From the field to the office Mary shares her experience with the Green Empowerment community.
The end of my internship with AsoFénix is quickly coming to a close. I can´t believe how fast these two months have flown by, but when I consider everything I have learned and accomplished in just two months, I understand why the time felt short.
When I arrived in Managua, I thought I wanted to spend most of my time in the campo (rural countryside) of Nicaragua. AsoFénix was accommodating, and found me a project up in Bramadero, where I spent a few weeks living, learning and working. AsoFénix works with many different communities, and I was continually impressed by the quality AND quantity of AsoFénix´s work. Seems that every rural inhabitant in this area of Nicaragua knows Jaime (AsoFénix´s director), and can name at least two projects that have directly benefitted their lives. AsoFénix has certainly been busy this summer. Currently, there are two major electrification projects using both wind and hydro power, bringing electricity to about 500 people. On an ongoing basis, more biodigestors being built, studied and improved, impacting three different communities. These projects don´t include AsoFénix´s support and education to past projects, community organization for future projects, partnership projects, fundraising or day-to-day necessary office work.
I was happy to be able to see many of these projects in action, and assist where possible. As a business student, I realized that my skills might best be utilized in the office, so I ended up moving back down to Managua to re-develop AsoFénix´s website, and write a business plan to help them approach new funding sources. These projects have been very rewarding for me. Not only am I flexing my Spanish muscle in a new way, but also getting a unique perspective on the entire organization as I record all their past projects, beneficiaries and impacts. (If you are curious to learn more, head on over to our new and improved site, http://asofenix.org)
What I´ve learned in my time here at AsoFénix has been invaluable. As I move forward in my career in International Development and renewable energy, both the practical applications and strategic vision of AsoFénix will help me build and support similar enterprises.